As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha A5000 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, boutiques, pro DSLRs, waterproofs, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Sony Alpha A5000's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5100 and the Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS M3)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it can focus continuously while recording movies, is newer (january 2014 vs august 2012) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
7 months newer
$348 (body only)
$400 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the A5000)

  • None found

common strengths of the A5100 and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Very light: 224 g vs 210 g

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
similar age
$400 - $448 (body only)
$470 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the A5000)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A5000)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 210 g

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year older
$606 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 3.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the A5000)

  • None found

common strengths of the NEX-6 and A5000

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 210 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.4"

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
4 months older

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 3.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the A5000)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5T and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 210 g

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
1 year newer
$679 (body only)
$587 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the A5000)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 420 shots
  • Heavier: 366 g vs 210 g

common strengths of the M3 and A5000

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 210 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.4"

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
2 years older
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 3.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the A5000)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5N and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 210 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies, has slightly more focus points (25 vs 11), is newer (january 2014 vs may 2012) and is much smaller (compact (110×63×36 mm) vs professional size (129×101×78 mm)).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 5 fps).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
2 years newer
$274 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and A5000

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 210 g
  • Inexpensive: $274.00 vs $445.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$350 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 19.8 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and A5000

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $350.00 vs $445.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
2 years older
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 25

common strengths of the T3i and A5000

  • Flip-out screens

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
1 year older
$399 (body only)
$478 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.4"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-30 and A5000

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.4"
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $445.00

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
10 months older
$711 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the A5000)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.4"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D7100 and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
similar age
$447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the A5000)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.4"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and A5000

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 210 g
  • Inexpensive: $446.98 vs $445.00

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to boutique competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is slightly smaller (compact (110×63×36 mm) vs standard size (117×81×65 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (19.8 MP vs 12.2 MP), records movies in 24p and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X
2 years older
$626

Significant advantages of the G1X (vs the A5000)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G1X (vs the A5000)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly larger: Standard size (117×81×65 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 420 shots

common strengths of the G1X and A5000

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $625.95 vs $445.00

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
3 years older
$700

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the A5000)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the A5000)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the X100 and A5000

  • Inexpensive: $700.00 vs $445.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (79.0 vs 66.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs none), has much more color depth (23.8 bits vs 22.2 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13 EV vs 11.1 EV) and has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,089 ISO vs 1,368 ISO), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
8 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the A5000)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Less dynamic range: 11.1 EV vs 13 EV
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the 5D and A5000

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,368 ISO vs 1,089 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 71.0 vs 79.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.9 bits vs 23.8 bits

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$2,360 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the A5000)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the A5000)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,089 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 79.0

common strengths of the 60D and A5000

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (19.8 MP vs 9.6 MP) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 4K @ 12fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 30 fps).

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the A5000)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the A5000)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and A5000

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Panasonic Lumix TS25
1 year older
$140

Significant advantages of the TS25 (vs the A5000)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TS25 (vs the A5000)

  • None found

common strengths of the TS25 and A5000

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (19.8 MP vs 9.7 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and has a slightly longer battery life (420 shots vs 360 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
8 months older
$371

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the A5000)

  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the A5000)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 19.8 MP
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and A5000

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 420 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
similar age
$436

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the A5000)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the A5000)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 19.8 MP
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SX700 HS and A5000

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 420 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5000 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a screen which flips out, has a much longer battery life (420 shots vs 220 shots), is thinner (1.4" vs 1.6") and is slightly lighter (210 g vs 299 g).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 24 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has slightly fewer focus points (25 vs 315).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
2 years newer
$898 - $1,010

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the A5000)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the A5000)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 420 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly heavier: 299 g vs 210 g

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and A5000

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 19.8 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
1 year older
$306 - $368

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the A5000)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the A5000)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 420 shots

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and A5000

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 19.8 MP
  • Very long battery life: 330 shots vs 420 shots
  • Inexpensive: $306.43 vs $445.00